Synopses & Reviews
An ambitious young woman fiercely chases her destiny through an enormous lush forest in Dyer’s superb epic and hypnotic debut which launches the Titan’s Forest trilogy. In the great Forest where the trees are “seven hundred people lengths tall” and a single tree can house an entire city 13 gods inhabit the upper Canopy where the brown skinned elite live luxurious lives in the sun and are protected by a magical barrier that keeps out the poor pale citizens of the lower darker Understory and Floor. In Canopy Unar pledges herself to Audblayin the goddess of birth and life. Unar feels in her heart that when the goddess dies she will be reincarnated as male and therefore will require a female bodyguard a position Unar is eager to fill. But after rescuing a slave who’s been sentenced to death Unar must flee to Understory where she witnesses the consequences of slavery meets an angry little girl named Frog learns humility from three supportive brothers and is ensnared by a dangerous revolutionary who enlists Unar’s powerful magic in her war to destroy the barrier and unite everyone into the so called One Forest. Readers will be delighted by Dyer’s polished prose and an exquisite new world of intricate mythology rituals and politics. Agent: Evan Gregory Ethan Ellenberg Literary. (Jan.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
The highly-anticipated fantasy debut from Aurealis and Ditmar Award-winning author Thoraiya Dyer, set in a giant mythical rainforest controlled by living gods
At the highest level of a giant forest, thirteen kingdoms fit seamlessly together to form the great city of Canopy. Thirteen goddesses and gods rule this realm and are continuously reincarnated into human bodies. Canopy s position in the sun, however, is not without its dark side. The nation s opulence comes from the labor of slaves, and below its fruitful boughs are two other realms: Understorey and Floor, whose deprived citizens yearn for Canopy s splendor.
Unar, a determined but destitute young woman, escapes her parents plot to sell her into slavery by being selected to serve in the Garden under the goddess Audblayin, ruler of growth and fertility. As a Gardener, she wishes to become Audblayin s next Bodyguard while also growing sympathetic towards Canopy's slaves.
When Audblayin dies, Unar sees her opportunity for glory at the risk of descending into the unknown dangers of Understorey to look for a newborn god. In its depths, she discovers new forms of magic, lost family connections, and murmurs of a revolution that could cost Unar her chance or grant it by destroying the home she loves.
I am majorly impressed with Thoraiya Dyer's Crossroads of Canopy. A unique, gorgeous, and dangerous world, a stubborn female hero, and a writer to watch Tamora Pierce